Martinez sentenced to 16 years for hitting officers with SUV

Martinez sentenced to 16 years for hitting officers with SUV

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

A Lubbock jury sentenced Carlos Martinez, 34, to 16 years in prison for hitting three Lubbock Police officers with a vehicle in April 2017. He faced a range of 15 years to life.

Thursday the jury took 15 minutes to convict Martinez. The officers were treated and released the same day as the incident in 2017. Martinez spent a day on the run before his arrest.

Officers were on the scene of an eviction when Martinez escaped. The officers were going to arrest him for unrelated warrants. 

During the punishment phase of the trial, prosecutors painted Martinez as a repeat offender. He has a history of theft and burglary dating back to 2003, and he spent two years in prison for burglary.

Martinez was also convicted of evading arrest in 2016. Deputy Chris Garza, with the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office, testified Martinez escaped a traffic stop and led deputies on a chase.

Rosa Martinez, Martinez's mother, testified for the defense. She detailed her son's upbringing with an abusive father, and the death of two siblings in a drunk driving crash in 1991. 

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